An optometrist from Brecon has returned from Romania, where she helped hundreds of people in rural areas access eyecare services.
Kiran Matharu, who works at Specsavers Brecon, spent eight days in the Vatra Dornei region of north-eastern Romania testing people’s eyes.
Travelling with her was Peter Hong, teaching associate at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, along with five of his optometry students and another optician. They saw more than 1,500 people over five days after setting up temporary eye clinics in churches and a school hall in the mountain region.
‘Incredible and emotional moment’
‘A three-year-old girl with severe sight problems visited us with her mother, who explained that her daughter desperately needed glasses. What an incredible, emotional moment for us all when we gave her daughter the chance to see for the first time,’ explains Kiran.
In addition to giving out pre-glazed spectacles, they also treated patients with dry eye syndrome, where the eye does not produce enough tears.
Kiran has been working in Specsavers in Brecon for two years. Staff at the store held a masquerade ball where, thanks to more than 50 friends, family, colleagues and customers, £1,100 was raised to aid Kiran’s visit to Romania.
A good cause
Donna Like, director of Specsavers in Brecon, says: ‘Kiran has made an incredible difference to the lives of men, women and children in Romania and we’re so proud of her amazing work. It is easy to forget that not everyone has access to eyecare services, which makes trips like Kiran’s so valuable.
‘We wanted to help Kiran as much as we could in the lead up to her trip, and raising just over £1,000 meant that Kiran and the team were able to buy glasses and give them to hundreds of people who so desperately needed them.’